Nature of the game apparently.

Those leads in basketball games of double digits almost never last. Inevitable that North Carolina State would rally from a 26-1 deficit to scare the University of Louisville women’s basketball team.

The Cardinals, lulled into slumber mode by the all the NC State misfires in the first half, would be fortunate to emerge with the 55-47 win over the Wolf Pack at Raleigh. The win improved UofL’s won-lost record to 16-0, the best start in the program’s history.

Myisha Hines-Allen refuses to wilt in fourth quarter.

No surprise whatsoever that the home team would cut the margin to four points in the fourth quarter with just over three minutes remaining. Myisha Hines-Allen, who was Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year two seasons ago, was not ready to wilt, however.

Hines-Allen would deliver the dagger, blocking an NC State shot, grabbing the defensive rebound and making good on a layup to stretch the lead to six points again.  She would, in fact, score six of her 17 points when they needed most, in that fourth quarter.

Asia Durr, who shared game-scoring honors with Myisha, was challenged during the final 10 minutes. Missing two field goal attempts while turning the ball over twice. She would, however, make two free throw attempts to extend the lead to eight points.

Nobody really expected N.C. State to roll over. Doesn’t work that way.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.